Founded in 2010, Canada Rugby League acts as the governing body over all things rugby league, a fast-paced style of play emphasizes speed and momentum. The organization oversees the operations of Canada's national team, the Wolverines, in addition to domestic club games, community leagues, and developmental programs. Indeed, the CRL claims responsibility for many different branches of the sport. That's because the CRL is committed to reintroducing rugby to fans and players of all ages on a national scale. The organization hopes to infuse Canadian summers with new, rugby-related experiences that exceed the intensity of competitive sun bathing matches.
West Indian and Caribbean cuisine are the stars inside Coconuts' festive, sprawling restaurant, which flanks a breezy outdoor patio replete with a red wooden deck. A steel-topped bar furthers the atmosphere of fun, and a pool table infuses the space with a relaxed lounge vibe. On Sunday nights, a 14-item buffet feeds families and their favourite strangers, and live DJs dispense rhythmic diversions and free legal advice in rhymed couplets.
Now a full-time author and fixture on the public-speaking circuit, Lee Cockerell retired from his post at Walt Disney World in 2006 after establishing himself as a management and hospitality-industry innovator. As the Senior Operating Executive for 10 years, Lee led a Disney team of 40,000 employees and managed the operations of 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and Mickey's entire entourage.
Second-year music director Danielle Lisboa leads the volunteer-based Orchestra Toronto, which has been wooing ears with tightly spun symphonic works for nearly 60 years. The 80-piece ensemble reassembles in February, providing concertgoers respite from cold-weather blues and panhandling snowmen with "Winter Tales," a collection of fiery, accessible compositions from several legendary composers. Lars-Erik Larsson's The Winter's Tale sets the show in motion before giving way to a quartet of classics, including Chris Meyer's In Memoriam Henryk Gorecki and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2. To start the afternoon, attendees can pop into a pre-concert chat, where Clasical 96.3 FM personality Alexa Petrenko will discuss the day's set and explain how violins maintain such curvy physiques. Recognized among Canada's elite venues, George Weston Recital Hall creates an acoustical cocoon with painstakingly insulated walls and retractable curtains and panels that can be rearranged for optimal sound.
Six knights—each dressed in brightly colored tunics emblazoned with a coat of arms—compete for honour, glory, and the favour of the royal court during each live tournament at Medieval Times. The experience immerses visitors within the pageantry of 11th Century Spain as the cavaliers demonstrate their bravery and skills at arms to as many as 1,400 cheering guests.
Lances and shields splinter with each joust. Sparks erupt every time swords and maces clash. Dirt flies as horses' hooves stomp. A falconer sends birds of prey swooping above the audience's heads. Meanwhile, the crowds are encouraged to gasp, applaud, and cheer as their favored champion emerges victorious from battle.
Throughout each two-hour spectacle of medieval skills and arts, the audience is encouraged to enjoy a rustic, four-course feast in the traditional 11th Century fashion: sans utensils. Diners use their fingers to devour everything from roasted chicken and spare ribs to tomato bisque soup and herb-tinged roasted potatoes. The cooks also prepare vegetarian substitutions upon request.